Rumors have been bandied about over the last few months that Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland's influential Third Wave bean brewers, would set up a facility and business in Downtown L.A. The whispers have positioned the location everywhere from Downtown's forthcoming Ace Hotel to the historic core. Now it looks like Stumptown L.A. is a done deal, with Food GPS positing the location in the Downtown Arts District, increasingly a perfect point to catch a gourmet caffeine jolt.
Tyler Stonebreaker and Michael Smith of Creative Space tell the blog, "the lease is done and...in the approval process." The duo, also opening a location of San Francisco's Le Zinc across from Handsome Coffee Roasters, is not yet ready to reveal the location.
But if Guelaguetza owner Bricia Lopez is to be believed (and she's never given us a reason not to), you may want to keep your eye on Seventh Street and Sante Fe.
Currently, Stumptown's website merely says an L.A. location is "coming soon," while the brand's coffee can be found at Brite Spot, The Hudson, Alfred Coffee on Melrose, Clover juice bar, Mess Hall, and Sycamore Kitchen, among others.